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Why do bad things happen to good dogs?

It's a dog's life for Anthony. Not only is he lacking the respect he deserves from the neighborhood dogs and cats, but an skin condition has him frantic and frazzled. And just when Anthony thinks things can't get worse, he finds himself on vet's table. What she has in mind for him involves an electric hair trimmer and is likely to cut away any shred of street credibility he has left.

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Why do bad things happen to good dogs?

It's a dog's life for Anthony. Not only is he lacking the respect he deserves from the neighborhood dogs and cats, but an skin condition has him frantic and frazzled. And just when Anthony thinks things can't get worse, he finds himself on vet's table. What she has in mind for him involves an electric hair trimmer and is likely to cut away any shred of street credibility he has left.

Accented with antic illustrations, this wickedly funny fable about embarrassment will have young readers flinching and laughing out loud at the same time.

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Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
A fastidious dog named Anthony tells this story. He speaks in British—sounding phrases such as: "Oh, dear me!" "Good Heavens!" and "A peachy plan." When he begins scratching, Joshua, his owner, and Joshua's mother do not immediately respond. Anthony is distressed as mange develops with flaking, oozing, and hair loss. When he is taken to the vet, he is shaved, except around the head and a tuft at the end of his tail. The vet then covers him with yellow salve. Humiliated, Anthony tries to hide until he realizes that he looks like a lion and can frighten the cat next door, people, and other dogs. His new persona is rewarded with a special bone, a girl friend, and mention in the newspapers. The humorous, shaded black-and-white drawings will attract children.
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Gr 3-5-Anthony is a dog with a nasty skin condition and a distinctly British voice. When his itchy, flaky flesh gets too disgusting for his family to abide, they take him to the vet and have his fur shaved off, leaving only his head and the tip of his tail intact. This latest happening in a lifetime of perceived indignities leaves Anthony devastated and ashamed until he learns how to use his new look to his advantage. He has a dry, sarcastic sense of humor and an uncharacteristic lack of loyalty for his owners, particularly the lady of the house, whom he witheringly refers to as "Her Ladyship," "Mrs. Neglectful," "the Kitchen Queen," and more. With large print, appealing black-and-white illustrations, and plenty of low-grade gross-out fun, this easy chapter book is ideal for reluctant readers. A sound supplemental purchase.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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A self-described fastidious mutt deals with mange in this chapter book from Fine. Anthony isn't sure what's worse, the itching or the indignity, but he is certain that he's unhappy. His humans are volubly grossed out, his doggie companions all sneer cattily and the "great snoring slug-colored heap on next-door's wall" (the cat next door) calls him a "bare rug." Things start to look up when his owner takes him to the vet, but-horror of horrors-he is shaved. It is Anthony's stream-of-consciousness narration that makes this tale stand out, as nothing much really happens. His mood and tone shifts with mercurial dogginess with every turn of events, umbrage ratcheting ever higher with each new insult. Unfortunately, Anthony isn't a particularly likable character, and although it's funny at first, his relentlessly superior attitude wears thin on both characters and readers. The resolution, such as it is-he literally frightens an aged dog to death with a shaving-inspired lion act-doesn't so much climax as peter out. Ross's cartoons go a long way toward lightening the tone, but in the end they can't save Anthony from himself. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374355500
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 2/21/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Fine, the former Children's Laureate of Britain, lives in County Durham, England. Tony Ross is the author and illustrator of over fifty children's books. He lives in Cheshire,

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